Matt Eberflus has full confidence Justin Fields will make big plays in clutch moments, lead game-winning drives: 'He's going to get it done'


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Perhaps more than any other position in sports, quarterbacks are so closely associated with winning. It’s the defining trait for each player who holds the job.

Quarterbacks' reputations are largely determined by championships won, successful late-game drives, heroic comebacks and performances that help change franchises. With that in mind, second-year Bears quarterback Justin Fields is still waiting to produce his signature late-game moment.

The Bears dropped their sixth straight game Sunday as they fell 28-19 to the Packers at Soldier Field. The 23-year-old Fields dropped to 5-17 over parts of two seasons as Chicago’s starting quarterback, though most of that mark is the result of dysfunction and a lack of talent around him. Fields stepped in as a rookie in 2021 with a lame-duck coaching staff and front office finishing their tenures. This year, he has been the most dynamic and important piece of a rebuilding Bears team that's struggling at 3-10.

On Sunday, Fields and the Bears failed in their quest to produce a go-ahead drive late against the Packers, as he threw interceptions on Chicago's final two drives, the first of which came when receiver Equanimeous St. Brown ran a poor route. It was a familiar scene, as the Bears have lost six games by one score this season, not including this loss to the Packers that was close but turned into a two-score game when Green Bay converted a late two-point attempt.

Despite his Bears' struggles late in close games, coach Matt Eberflus has full confidence that Fields will soon lead Chicago to wins late in tight contests.

"I believe that to be true,” Eberflus said Monday before the Bears broke for their bye week. “I know the man inside after being with him for a year, the grit he has, the talent he has. No question, he’s going to get it done."

Fields was 20-of-25 for 254 yards and two interceptions Sunday. He also rushed six times for 71 yards, including a spectacular 55-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

There’s disappointment for Fields in failing to produce victories, though he seems to understand the Bears haven't yet opened their competitive window. Chicago is projected to have more than $125 million in salary cap space in 2023, by far the most in the NFL. The Bears are also slated to have eight picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, including a likely top-five pick in the first round.

"The wins are going to start coming,” Fields said Sunday after the loss.

“I just can’t wait 'til the start coming. They’re going to start rolling here soon."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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